GRAMMY Winner Bebo Valdés Dies
GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist/composer/arranger Bebo Valdés died March 22 in Sweden. A cause of death was not disclosed. He was 94. Born in Quivican, Cuba, Valdés is the father of fellow GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Chucho Valdés. Considered one of the most prominent jazz players of the '50s Cuban music scene, Bebo Valdés served as the show director at the popular Tropicana club in Havana where he, along with rival bandleader Pérez Prado, developed the mambo style of dance music. He earned six Latin GRAMMYs and three GRAMMYs throughout his career, his first GRAMMY coming in 2002 for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album for El Arte Del Sabor with the Bebo Valdés Trio. His most recent wins came in 2009 with Juntos Para Siempre, for which he earned a Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album.